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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary Tour

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Why Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, also famous as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is situated in the Kothamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam district on the northern bank of the Periyar river. Close to Munnar along the lower reaches of the Western Ghats, the wildlife sanctuary attracts nature lovers especially bird watchers in droves. Thattekad bird sanctuary was developed by the untiring efforts of India's birdman Dr Salim Ali.

The wildlife sanctuary was notified in 1983 based on a recommendation made by Dr. Salim Ali many years previously. Ali described Thattekad in the 1930's as the richest bird habitat in peninsular, comparable only with the eastern Himalayas. Since then much of the forest has been diverted to cultivation and teak and mahogany plantation but what survives gives a glimpse of the phenomenal bird diversity of the once widespread lowland forests of Kerala.

Key Factors about Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
State : Kerala, in the southern part of India.
Climate : The sanctuary has a composed climate. It enjoys a tropical climate varies between 10 degree centigrade - 26 degree centigrade. Rainfall 2500 mm annually.
Area : 25.16 sq. km
Travel Tips : Consult the Doctor before you leave for the trip. Get enough information about the place you are going to visit. Also carry all the required documents to visit wildlife Kerala in India
Best Time to Visit : September to March.
Nearest Town : Kothamangalam (13 km).

How to Reach in Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
International Airport : At Chennai & Bangalore.
Airport : Nearest airport is at Kochi, 71 kms. The new airport at Nedumbassery is probably closer.
Rail: Aluva is the nearest railway station, 48 kms
Road : The sanctuary is 13 km north-east of Kothamangalam along the Pooyamkutti road. Regular buses available.

Stay There
There is one three storied watch tower inside the sanctuary with two beds, a toilet and a kitchen. No electricity here but there are few solar powered lamps. A forest department inspection bungalow called Hornbill is located near the sanctuary entrance. There is a dormitory just inside the sanctuary which is ideal for large groups. Accommodation is also available at the PWD rest house near the Bhoothathankett Dam and in lodges in Kothamangalam.

Venture Into The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Tropical evergreen forests, tropical semi-evergreen forests and tropical deciduous forests make up this sanctuary. The whole ambience is made heavenly by the melodious high pitch notes of various beautiful birds. As you proceed further, you will find them in varied natural moods. Take time to feel the composed ambience. It is so much soothing and relaxing that you will love to come here again & again. The rare surroundings amidst the musical notes are the true place to relax.

The Avifauna
Around 210 species of birds have been identified here so far. Birds like - Indian Roller, Cuckoo, Common snipe, Crow pheasant, Jungle Nightjar, Kite, Grey Drongo, Malabar Trogon, Woodpecker, Large pied wagtail, Baya sparrow, Grey jungle fowl, Indian hill myna, Robin, Jungle babbler and darter are found here.

Crimson-throated Barbet, Bee-eater, Sun bird, Shrike, Fairy blue bird, Grey-headed fishing eagle, Blackwinged kite, Night heron, Grey heron, Common Grey Hornbill and Malabar Hornbill are some of the rarer birds found.

Apart from this the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary also houses Mammals like - Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Porcupine

Additional Punch
Nearest attractions are - Alleppey, Cradomom Hills, Backwater Boat Cruises. You can also go to - Periyar Tiger Reserve, Madurai, Cochin or Kochi (71 km), Kottayam, Ernakulam, Munnar. All these place are unique and bewitching. Something you should not miss in Kerala are Backwaters and Beaches. Also taste the exclusive South India cuisine here.

Extend the Trip
Though entire Kerala will keep you preoccupied through out your trip, if you desire to go to other part of South, just move towards Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, both the state has numerous attractions.

Few Difficulties
You might not face any problem here. Thattekad is easily accessible and you can easily wander around the park. But, you may face problems in communicating with the common people, as only the educated one are able to speak English here.

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